This is not about what was said but rather the right to say it.
Everybody likes the concept of “freedom of speech” until they disagree with something somebody says. In my mind, Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A has a right to say what he believes, just as Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks did when she criticized then President George W. Bush prior to the Iraq War.
I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with what either of these people said. I do believe they have every right as American citizens to say what they think. Furthermore, I believe all citizens of the world should have that right but that is not the case. We are blessed that people have fought hard to maintain that privilege for us.
If you don’t like what Dixie Chick Natalie Maines said and feel that strongly about it, don’t buy her records. If you don’t like what Chick-fil-A chief Dan Cathy said and feel that strongly about it, don’t eat at his restaurants.
Personally, I wonder how many of the people demonstrating against Chic-fil-A were among those who thought the Dixie Chicks got a raw deal when country music radio ostracized them for Maines’ comments about the President and said, “They shouldn’t condemn her just for stating her beliefs,” yet now think that Cathy’s comments should have an impact on whether his business can get a license in certain cities. Freedom of speech is freedom of speech, no matter how you slice it.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To crow freely without fear of retribution just for thinking the thoughts that made him (or her) crow in the first place.
Text and photos copyright 2012 by Les Kerr. Learn More about Les at www.leskerr.com